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This May and June has been a period of strong practice with both the “Thai Forest” and Son (Zen) Sanghas that I belong to. Over the years there has been, on and off, some serious internal dissonance between the two traditions in both mind and heart. This has been decreasing in the last few months and was finally put to rest with a clear and pointed discussion at (Zen) group practice this evening that mirrored perfectly recent experiences with “Thai Forest” friends. The teachings have come together seamlessly in practice and the forms compliment each other, the dissonance is gone.
There was an moment during Ajahn Sumedho's visit to this area over the last few weeks when, addressing both monastics and lay people, he talked about doggedly remaining in basic awareness, and then he called it “Buddha Nature”. I almost fell off my chair. After he said this he paused and chuckled saying "That could start philosophical controversy for some” He just didn't care, and it pointed to the rigidity of my own concerns for “pure” teaching. It is more important to have skillful teaching, and skillful teaching can come from many places, in many forms.
Anyway, just sharing a Kumbaya moment. Needless to say this is just one persons view. Others may have a very different take on Zen, Theravada, which is fine.